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The Onion's A-peel

Oct 23, 2007

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Sarah Handel

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You're probably well aware of The Onion online, which features snarky stories (that often lampoon our fair NPR). But did you know it's also a newspaper... and a reasonably successful one at that? That may sound like faint praise, but in a day and age when newspaper circulations are dropping and news organizations grasp at straws to draw eyes (and ears), it's pretty remarkable. Personally, The Onion's newspaper boxes are the first new ones I've seen pop up around D.C. in ages, and they're always emptied as soon as a new edition comes out. Then again, commuters provide quite the captive audience for all sorts of print media, so maybe we're an exception. At any rate, The Onion's managed to do what it does quite well. It isn't really news, even less so than Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's shows, and that seems to be just what we want. Why do you pick up (or bookmark) The Onion?

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